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IROW policy and program initiatives are decided by members of the Advisory Board. Current board members are: Edna Acosta-Belén, Iris Berger, Christine E. Bose, Gwen Moore and Julie Novkov (director).

The Institute for Research on Women (IROW), University at Albany, is a member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). The main functions of IROW are:

1) to promote and facilitate individual and collaborative research and scholarship on women and gender;

2) to publish conference papers, instructional materials, bibliographies and other material pertinent to the study of women and gender;

3) to disseminate information on women's studies and gender research to scholars, educators, and organizations in the public and private sectors in the Capital region, the nation and abroad;

4) to establish linkages and joint projects with other women's research centers in the United States and internationally, in order to promote research, training and educational exchanges of faculty, students and materials;

5) to provide technical and consultant services in specialized areas to public and private institutions in the United States and abroad;

6) to organize conferences, workshops and lectures that enable scholars to discuss and advance the current state of research on women and gender;

7) to provide an organized vehicle for faculty to seek external funding for individual or collaborative research projects and to aid grant writers through an on-campus proposal review service;

8) to facilitate contact with our faculty and the use of the institution's research facilities for visiting scholars and fellows.

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Connections with the University at Albany

The University at Albany was a pioneer in the development of women's studies, beginning courses on women in 1971 and establishing a Women's Studies Program in 1973. As one of the few institutions in the country with a Women's Studies Department, the University now has the strongest interdisciplinary faculty in the SUNY system with expertise in the study of women's experiences. Among these faculty, there are also major regional strengths in Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, and strong expertise in the Latino, African-American and Asian populations of the United States.

Coming from a wide variety of departments, University at Albany faculty who are IROW Associates have produced an impressive body of scholarship, including more than fifty books in the past decade. These publications reflect the seven major research areas of our faculty: (a) international and cross-cultural studies of women and gender (b) women and development (c) women of color in the U.S. (d) gender, work and organizations (e) women, literature and art (f) women and science, and (g) family and employment policy.

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Faculty Associates

IROW Faculty Associates have come from the departments of Women's Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Art, Art History, English, Africana Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Physics, Political Science, Judaic Studies, French Studies, Economics, Theatre, Communication, German and Slavic Languages & Literature, Reading, and Physical Education.

Associates have also included representatives from the Center for Policy Research, Student Counseling Center, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Center for Women and Government, Affirmative Action, University Library, the Research Director of UUP, and the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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